Assistant Directors

Zebib Bahta

Zebib Bahta

zebib.bahta@nyu.edu | 212.998.4751

Zebib is an Assistant Director at the Wasserman Center. Prior to joining Wasserman in January 2016 she served as a School Counselor in North Carolina. She has previous work experience in nonprofit and private sectors as well. Zebib earned her M.S. in Counseling at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and double B.A.s in Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. Originally from the greater Washington DC area, Zebib is excited to explore New York City’s vast culture and food. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and promoting wellness. In her free time she enjoys traveling, working out, cooking on occasion, and spending time with friends and family. 

Adi Clerman

Adi Clerman

adi.clerman@nyu.edu | 646.997.5975

Adi is an Assistant Director at Wasserman's Brooklyn Office. Prior to joining Wasserman in July 2017, Adi served as an Assistant Director for four years at DePaul University's Career Center in Chicago, IL. Prior to transitioning to Higher Education Career Services, Adi was a recruiter for 7 years in a variety of industries including financial services, higher education and public relations. She holds a Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Spanish from Beloit College in Beloit, WI and a Master's Degree in Counseling, College Student Development, from DePaul University. In her free time, Adi is an avid traveler and cook and always buys a cookbook and apron from each new country she visits. A fresh transplant to New York City, Adi is thrilled to be exploring her new home and is excited that her penchant for wearing all black will serve her well on the east coast.  

Alexandra Cobus

Alexandra Cobus

alexandra.cobus@nyu.edu | 212.998.4129

Alexandra joined Wasserman as an Assistant Director in March 2016. Alex started at Wasserman as a Program Assistant for the Graduate Career Development Team while pursuing a Master of Arts in International Education at NYU Steinhardt. Before that, she worked as a Graduate Student Employee at NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) Tandon. Originally from Vermont, she received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Binghamton University and has studied, worked and volunteered abroad in London, Barcelona, Krakow, Germany, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Nicaragua and Cambodia (ask her about it!). Outside of Wasserman, Alex can be found exploring her neighborhood in the East Village, going to off-broadway shows, moonlighting as a yoga instructor and searching for the best ramen and saag paneer in the city. She is thrilled to be a bit closer to home and supporting NYU students & alumni reach their academic and career goals.

Victoria Dimonica

Victoria DiMonica

Victoria.DiMonica@nyu.edu | 212.998.4740

Victoria is an Assistant Director at the Wasserman Center. Prior to joining Wasserman in August 2017, Victoria served as Success Coach at Long Island University in Brooklyn. She has experience in academic advising, career coaching and helping students with personal growth and development through her previous position in Brooklyn. Before that she worked in Alumni Relations for three years and enjoyed her experience planning events such as Homecoming and Alumni weekend. Victoria earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and her Master’s degree in Counseling, from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. While completing her undergraduate degree she had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy and live with a host family. This experience sparked her passion for travel and love of trying new local cuisines. Originally from Long Island, Victoria is excited to be working with NYU students so close to home. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, spinning, and discussing the latest TV dramas.

Sasha Goldfarb

Sasha Goldfarb

sasha.goldfarb@nyu.edu | 212.998.7173

Sasha is an assistant director and career coach at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at the NYU School of Professional Studies. She joined NYU in November 2015 as part of the MBA Office of Career Development at the NYU Stern School of Business. As of January 2017, she transitioned intoher current role as a career coach and is pursuing her passion of helping students with all stages of their career development.

Sasha earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland at College Park and is currently pursuing a master's degree in higher education and student affairs at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also holds a Certificate in Coaching from the NYU School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining NYU, Sasha spent 5 years working for both a large media agency and a start-up public relations firm. In her spare time, Sasha enjoys yoga, spending time outdoors, taking long walks, traveling and interior design.

Courtney Hirsch

Courtney Hirsch

courtney@nyu.edu | 212.998.4205

Courtney oversees the Wasserman Center's digital communications and visual identity. She is enthusiastic about design and aims to help the Wasserman Center connect with students and employers through strategic messaging. Prior to joining Wasserman, Courtney provided crisis counseling and advocacy to crime victims and victims of domestic violence in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, and served as a Residence Hall Manager at NYU's uptown residence halls. Courtney received both her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and her B.S. in Communications from NYU and has completed extensive coursework in Digital and Graphic Design Production.

Courtney also moonlights as a Pastry Chef. Her culinary experience spans from fine dining to family-owned operation, and she has an insatiable fascination with food and eagerness to explore new techniques and flavor combinations.

Rabeya Kamal

Rabeya Kamal

rabeya.kamal@nyu.edu | 646.997.5975

Rabeya attended Pace University as an undergraduate student and majored in Psychology. After graduation, she worked in HR and Accounting. Rabeya knew getting a master's degree would open more doors, and she knew counseling was what she wanted to do. Rabeya was accepted into Teachers College, Columbia University and started her two-year journey. She holds two master's degrees; an M.A for Counseling Psychology and an Ed.M. for Mental Health Counseling. While at TC, Rabeya worked at Barnard College, serving underrepresented student populations as a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Counselor.

After Barnard, Rabeya joined The Actors Fund as a Career Counselor, serving people in the entertainment industry. She realized that she loved working with students at Barnard, and loved being a Career Coach at The Actors Fund. Therefore, she knew NYU would give her the best of both worlds. The very first class she took at TC was Career Counseling and she knew right then that that was what she wanted to do for a career. Rabeya feels truly blessed and her life goal is to give back to the less fortunate and build education program and institutions for children and adults.

Rabeya was born in Bangladesh in a small island, and grew up in America. Rabeya feels she has come a long way and she owes that to her siblings, parents, and the great education she received here in the U.S.

Rabeya absolutely loves playing and watching cartoons with her niece and nephews, traveling, music, and spending time with loved ones.  

Aubrey Leukart

Aubrey Leukart

aubrey.leukart@nyu.edu | 212.998.4734

Aubrey joined the Wasserman Center as an Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development Services in March of 2016. Prior to this, she was in Health & Wellness at Baruch College, and a predoctoral intern in Career & Counseling Services at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Aubrey received her BA in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in 2014 and, in fact, got married on the same day she graduated with her Ph.D. She does not recommend finishing your doctoral degree, having your wedding, finishing one job and starting another, and moving across the country all in a three week period like she did (if you can help it).

Outside of Wasserman, Aubrey enjoys yoga, cooking, exploring New York, spending time with her friends and partner, and overanalyzing the A Song of Ice and Fire book series.  

Meaghan McCarthy

Meaghan McCarthy

meaghan.mccarthy@nyu.edu | 212.998.7062

Meaghan is the Manager of Operations and Events at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at The School of Professional Studies. She joined NYU in early 2016 as part of the NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate Office of Student Engagement. 

Meaghan earned her Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Human Resource Management, specializing in Learning, Development, and Coaching. 

In her spare time, Meaghan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and skiing.

Diana Martinez

Diana Mendez

diana.mendez@nyu.edu | 212.998.4389

For Diana, joining the Wasserman Center in April 2014 was a homecoming. She previously served as a Graduate Student Assistant at the center from 2005-2007, while finishing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Diana also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. After completing graduate school, Diana was an Assistant Director at Pace University, where she managed one of the largest internship programs in the country and won the Jefferson Award Bronze Medal for Public Service. She also has experience in serving underrepresented student populations as a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Counselor at Essex County College, and in alumni relations as an Assistant Director at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

An avid traveler and volunteer, she served as an international advisor for one NYU's Alternative Break trips to the Dominican Republic with a group of students, one of her favorite service experiences. Diana is currently the Second Vice President of the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association (MNYCCPOA), where she previously held the Historian and Director of Programs roles. As a proud NYU alumna, she served as both a Steering Committee Member and Co-Chair of the NYU Recent Alumni Network (RAN).

When she’s not helping students turn their passion into a career, Diana enjoys planning events around the city, volunteering, going to Broadway shows, spending time with her loved ones, and watching way too much TV.

Joseph Mercadante

Joseph Mercadante

joseph.mercadante@nyu.edu | 212.998.4763

Joe joined the Wasserman Center at NYU in November 2015 as an Assistant Director and Career Coach. He previously worked at Drew University where he was able to work with students in many different capacities including Residence Life, Career Development, and Leadership Development. Joe received his B.S. in Marketing and Management from Fairfield University in Connecticut and his M.S. in College Student Personnel from The University of Rhode Island. Joe is very passionate about helping students succeed and guiding them through the process of personal development. Joe is very excited to be working at NYU and in New York City where he can hopefully make a positive impact on many students and help create a memorable college experience. In his spare time, he enjoys baking and eating sweets, as well as going biking to explore new areas.  

Attiqa Nadeem

Attiqa Nadeem

attiqa.nadeem@nyu.edu | 212.998.7177

Attiqa is an assistant director and career coach at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at the NYU School of Professional Studies. She works with students to guide them through their career trajectory while also collaborating with employers to allow for industry engagement. Attiqa holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the City University of New York at Hunter College and a master's degree in Public Administration from NYU. Prior to joining NYU in January 2017, Attiqa spent 8 years working in different areas of higher education including student services, assessment, career services and alumni affairs for public and for-profit institutions. In her spare time, Attiqa enjoys practicing archery, traveling, and playing tennis.

Satya Patel

Satya Patel

satya.patel@nyu.edu | 646.997.5991

Satya is an Assistant Director at NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development (Brooklyn Office) and also has worked in career development offices at Pace University and The New School. In addition, she has consulted with several global and national companies specializing in career support services for experienced professionals including the website, themuse.com while also teaching career development courses as an Adjunct Instructor at LIM College.

Satya is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education and has her M.A. in Counseling & Guidance from New York University and B.S. in Psychology from Ohio State University. She also holds a leadership role as a board member for CDSN (Career Development Specialists Network), an organization that provides professional development opportunities for Career Counselors and Coaches based in New York City.

Satya loves to read and runs a drop-in monthly book club with over 90 members in Brooklyn out of a local bookstore. You can find her on weekends hanging out with her son, exploring the city, and working on creative projects.

Edwin Raagas

Edwin Raagas

edwin.raagas@nyu.edu | 212.998.3861

In addition to being an Assistant Director at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at the NYU School of Professional Studies, Edwin manages the strategy around NYUSPS JobPaths - the career development suite for noncredit Diploma Program students. Edwin is a career changer, with his prior experience having been primarily in event marketing and brand management; he has worked for the New York Stock Exchange, CME Group, and a digital marketing agency in Australia. Outside of the office he volunteers for groups that cultivate his passion for mentoring and education. Edwin sits on the advisory board of FindSpark and recently led colleges in funding classroom building and feeding programs with Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK). He is an avid traveler, whose most recent trips have included India and Tanzania. He also enjoys weekend brunches and seeing shows. Edwin earned a BBA in marketing from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing a MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt.

Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal

sarah.rosenthal@nyu.edu | 212.998.4922

Sarah joined the Wasserman Center in June 2015 as an Assistant Director. She completed her MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teacher College, Columbia University in May 2015 while simultaneously working as a Graduate Assistant in the Cahill Career Development Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey and in the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs at Barnard College. Prior to pursuing her Master's, Sarah worked for Kaplan Test Prep in the graduate test division and at Muhlenberg College Hillel where she had completed her BA in Media and Communications in May 2010. She is passionate about being the kind of mentor to students that she has had - and continues to reach out to - and enjoys exploring meaningful and diverse experiential learning opportunities and programs. Outside of work Sarah enjoys reading Jodi Picoult and historical fiction, imagining her next travel destination (Antarctica anyone?), experimenting with new knitting patterns, and spending time with family and friends. Her office usually has at least two of the following: chocolate, music playing, and a Rubik's Cube. 

Joel Todd

Joel Todd

joel.todd@nyu.edu | 212.992.8535

Joel joined the Wasserman Center in October 2017 as an Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Development. He previously worked at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he coached and advised students. Joel started his career in higher education, working professionally for the University of Toledo Upward Bound program. He worked professionally in Ohio, New Mexico, Arizona, and New Jersey before arriving in New York. He has experience in academic advising, career coaching, program development and helping students with personal growth and development. He completed his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counselor Education at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH and is currently working on his Executive MBA at Stevens Institute of Technology. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading, watching television and movies.